Functional Diabetes Program

Are You a Functional Diabetic?

Has your doctor advised you to exercise to control weight and blood sugar levels? Are you trying to eat healthier? Do you want to improve your functional capacity? Are activities such as walking, getting in/out of bed, going up stairs, or even participating in a particular sport a struggle? Are you wondering how to get started or does it HURT? Does any of this sound familiar?

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In addition to eating healthier, a proper pain-free functional exercise program designed just for you will help control and reduce the effects of diabetes.

Benefits of Exercise

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Improve functional capacity (i.e. walk longer, get in/out of a chair easier, or even participate in a specific sport)

Burn calories to lose weight or maintain healthy weight

Increase blood circulation to arms and legs

Reduce or potentially eliminate need for medications to control diabetes

Reduce blood pressure/cholesterol and overall risk for heart disease

What to Expect

  • Education on the relationship between physical activity and diabetes
  • Strength and flexibility testing to identify areas of weakness that limit your function
  • Pain-free exercise program designed just for you to enhance and maximize your ability to function
  • Screening for sensitive areas inhibiting current participation in activities and suggestions/ treatments to address these issues
  • One-on-one consultation with a physical therapist sensitive to your individual metabolic system
  • Regular follow ups to ensure long-term functional gains

Goals

  • Improve cardiovascular and functional capacity measured through standardized testing
  • Achieve the recommended levels of exercise suggested by the American Diabetes Association and American college of Sports Medicine

How to Participate

Discuss this option with your doctor and have them provide you with a referral for physical therapy that requests your participation in the “Functional Diabetes Program.” Also have your doctor note any other conditions or problems that may be limiting your functional capacity.

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